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Events at the Mechanics' Institute

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 6:00pm

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

October 2014 - Altered Realities

F.W. Murnau casts a method actor as Dracula in Nosferatu, then struggles to control his silent-era star’s appetite in this toothsome satire of moviemaking.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Interview with a Novelist: A Conversation with Colm Toibin

Novelist Colm Tóibín in conversation with broadcaster and historian Myles Dungan

An evening talk by the novelist Colm Tóibín, in conversation with acclaimed Irish broadcaster and historian Myles Dungan.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of Irish Literary and Historical Society Free
Public $15

Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Zone of Interest

Martin Amis in conversation with Elizabeth Rosner

Don't miss this event with Martin Amis, author of Money and London Fields.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Member of Contemporary Jewish Museum Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Witches (1990)

October 2014 - Altered Realities

A boy and his grandmother run afoul of a witches’ convention at an English seaside hotel in Roald Dahl’s haunted adventure story.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Saturday, November 01, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Writing the Ancestor with Lyzette Wanzer

Do you enjoy writing about your family’s history? Have you been collecting oral histories, photographs, genealogy charts, maps and letters? Would you like to use your material and research to craft a compelling essay? Here’s your opportunity to demonstrate pride in your family history, and at the same time enjoy acknowledgement of your literary efforts!

Members $95
Public $120

Activities
Monday, November 03, 2014 - 6:00pm

Mechanics’ Institute Tour @ Night

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
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First Tuesday TED Talk
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1st Tuesday TED Talk Discussion

Nicholas Stern: The state of the climate — and what we might do about it

Come watch this pre-recorded TED video in which Nicholas Stern​ talks about climate change. Discussion to follow.

Members Only - Free
No registration required
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Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Arcades: From Haussman's Paris to Occupy Wall Street

Roundtable discussion with Howard Eiland, Katherine Flynn, Rebecca Solnit, Uwe Steiner; moderated by Lindsay Waters

Inspired in part by the new book, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life (Harvard University Press), the evening centers on Walter Benjamin's magnum opus, The Arcades Project which was written between 1927 and 1940. It encompassed one of the largest collections of writings on Parisian city life in the 19th century and focused on the iron and glass covered "arcades". 

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, November 07, 2014 - 6:00pm

Enemies: A Love Story (1989)

Anjelica Huston: “Watch Me !”

A masterful adaptation of I. B. Singer’s witty, ironic, and moving tale of a Holocaust survivor torn between three women in postwar New York.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:00pm

The Lady in the Lake

by Raymond Chandler

A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of (Philip) Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.

Members Only - Free
No registration required.
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Meet the Author(s)
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington

by Gregg Herken

A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington—a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and dinner.

Members of Mechanics Institute Free
Members of Commonwealth Club of California Free
Public $15

Classes
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Morningstar Investment Research Center Database: Fund, Stock & Market Data

Learn how to utilize the library's newest database, Morningstar Investment Research Center.

Members Only - Free

Classes
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

eBook Workshop: Axis360

Schedule a 1-on-1 session to learn about, and get started using, the library's new ebook service, Axis360.

Members Only - Free
Registration required (see description for info)

CinemaLit Films
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

Agnes Browne (1999)

Anjelica Huston: “Watch Me !”

This atmospheric, sentimental comedy centers on a widow raising seven children in Dublin in 1967.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tech Office Hours

One-on-one technology consultations

Reserve a half hour with our tech experts to get assistance with your technology questions.

Members Only - Free
Registration required (see description for info)

Book Group Meetings - Fiction You Wish You Had Read
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm

Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe

Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in people's lives. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought about by British colonial rule. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's downfall results from his own character as well as from external forces.

Members Only - Free
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Book Group Meetings - Literature in Brief - Short Stories
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 5:30pm

The Dog of the Marriage

by Amy Hempel

The Dog of the Marriage, Amy Hempel's fourth collection, is about sexual obsession, relationships gone awry, and the unsatisfied longings of everyday life.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 6:00pm

New Tricks for 21st Century Readers & Writers

A panel discussion and publishing party

Are you intrigued by the ever-shifting literary landscape? Baffled by the Internet bazaar of websites, apps, forums, and digital devices for readers and writers? Eager to find the ideal holiday gift for your book-loving friends? Join the Mechanics' Institute's Indie Publishers' Working Group to celebrate our fourth anniversary and the dozens of wonderful, diverse books we've created. Win a free novel, memoir, biography, guide, or book of poetry signed by the author!

Members & Public Free

Classes
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage: Stock Reports, Industry Surveys & More!

Discover comprehensive business and investment information offered by this resource, such as industry surveys, stock reports, corporation records, mutual fund reports and market commentary. Includes search and screening tools to facilitate research, job searches, and competitive intelligence.

Members Only - Free

Activities
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher

A conversation with Malcolm Margolin, Heyday founder with Ralph Lewin, Executive Director of Mechanics’ Institute

It’s time to celebrate Heyday and its courageous founder Malcolm Margolin after 40 years in the publishing business with over 350 book titles to its credit.

Members Free
Public $15

Book Group Meetings - Forgotten Classics
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 6:00pm

Remembrance of Things Past (Modern Library Edition)

by Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust is generally considered the greatest French novelist of the twentieth century. His reputation, which derives almost exclusively from the importance of his multivolume novel Remembrance of Things Past, is that of a dazzling stylist, analytical thinker, and social observer. His novel is founded on his powers of meticulous recollection and his ability to shape those memories into a compelling—some might even say exhausting—account of one man's search for his past.

Members Only - Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

Anjelica Huston: “Watch Me !”

When their neighbor dies under curious circumstances, a neurotic couple sets out to crack the case.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Activities
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Annual Book Sale

Holiday shoppers—come and select the perfect gifts for friends, family, colleagues or significant others!

Members and Public Free
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Activities
Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bi-Annual Members’ Meeting

Join us for our bi-annual Members’ Meeting! Meet our new Executive Director Ralph Lewin and celebrate the Institute’s 160th year with a special lecture on the Institute's founding and first five years by Librarian Taryn Edwards. 

Members and Their Guests - Free
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CinemaLit Films
Friday, December 05, 2014 - 6:00pm

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

Anjelica Huston: “Watch Me !”

Huston plays the villainous stepmother in a wittily feminist take on the fairy tale, set in 16th-century France.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, December 08, 2014 - 12:00pm

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

by Sara Gran

When Claire DeWitt's ex-boyfriend Paul Casablancas, a musician, is found dead in his Mission District house, Claire is on the case. Paul's wife and the police are sure Paul was killed for his valuable collection of vintage guitars. But Claire, the best detective in the world, has other ideas.

Members Only - Free
No registration required.
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Activities
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Annual Holiday Gathering

Join members and friends for some holiday cheer and lively conversation while relaxing to musical interludes. Enjoy gourmet cheeses and hors d’oeuvres, delectable desserts, and tempting libations! 

Members and Their Guests - $10

Book Group Meetings - Fiction You Wish You Had Read
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:00pm

Potpourri of Favorites

Our annual Potpourri of Favorites meeting is our members’ chance to share their favorite fiction titles from the previous year. Bring one or two of your favorite fiction books and be prepared to give a short synopsis of what makes the book a favorite of yours!

Members Only - Free
No registration required.
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Book Group Meetings - Literature in Brief - Short Stories
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 5:30pm

This Is How You Lose Her

by Junot Díaz

A Pulitzer Prize winner turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. Hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.

Members Only - Free